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Preview: Thunder vs Renegades

15 January 2020

Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja // Getty Images

Everything you need to know about the Manuka Oval clash

Match information:

Wednesday 15 January | Manuka Oval | 6:10pm

How to watch:

Fans across the Thunder Nation can watch live on the Seven Network, Fox Cricket or stream online with a Kayo subscription, with radio coverage from ABC grandstand.

Please note coverage will start on 7mate and then switch to the main channel at 7:00pm after the news.

Last time they met:

Thunder fought back hard to restrict the Renegades to 5/169 after the home side made a fast start through Sam Harper (39 from 19) and Aaron Finch (29 from 22).

Chasing 170 to win at GMHBA Stadium, Thunder openers Usman Khawaja (66 from 46) and Alex Hales (68 from 38) proved they're a force to be reckoned with before Alex Ross took control in the last over to hit the winning runs.

>> MATCH REPORT: THUNDER CONTINUE STRONG START TO BBL|09

The season so far:

Thunder bounced back from three consecutive losses to secure a strong win over the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday night. The home side will be hoping to continue its winning form at Manuka Oval and remain in the mix to host a home final.

The Renegades are yet to record a win this season however the reigning champions, who boast two of the top five leading run-scorers in the competition (Shaun Marsh with 319 and Beau Webster with 310), shouldn't be underestimated, especially on Manuka Oval's notorious batting wicket.

Squads:

Key players:

Alex Hales and Shaun Marsh

It will be the battle of the big-hitting openers on Manuka Oval's batter-friendly wicket.

Hales is in red-hot form, having smashed a half-century from just 28 deliveries against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

The Englishman hit two quick boundaries in his last start at Manuka Oval before the match was abandoned due to bushfire smoke.

Marsh is the third-leading run-scorer in the league, with 319 at 35.44. He has been promoted up the Renegades order in the absence of skipper Aaron Finch and will be looking to make the most of the Manuka Oval track to help his side secure its first win of BBL|09.

BBL|09 tickets:

Wednesday 15 January | Vs Melbourne Renegades | Manuka Oval | 6.10pm

Saturday 18 January | Vs Sydney Sixers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7.10PM

Sunday 26 January | Vs Perth Scorchers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 2.45PM